A first time Olympian, Parise has played in three World Championships (2005, 2007 and 2008). In 2008 he played on a line with Phil Kessel and Patrick Kane and the trio combined for 28 points (14-14-28) and 44% of the team’s total scoring in seven games.
He was selected as the Best Forward at the 2004 World Junior Championship, at which he led the tournament with six goals (6-5-11) helping the U.S. win its first-ever gold medal in the event. In total he tallied 19 points (9-10-19) in 13 World Junior games.
Parise scored 45 goals for the New Jersey Devils last season -- only one other American-born player has scored as many (Brian Gionta tallied 48 in 2005-06) in a single NHL season since 1997-98.
His father, J.P. Parise, recorded two goals and two assists for Team Canada in the famed Summit Series against the Soviet Union in 1972.
You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals